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Trinidad & Tobago: Senate passes bill to allow electronic payments of court fines

A law to allow electronic payments of fines to the courts for failure to wear masks and other issues has been passed in the Upper House.

The Electronic Payments into and out of Court (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was considered and passed in the Senate yesterday by Government and Independent Senators.

The Opposition was absent from the sitting as it again voiced concerns over the wellbeing of members following the Prime Minister’s COVID-19  

In moving the motion, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the amendment would remove the need for physically going in to the courts to make payments.

“By this particular stroke of law, you will be allowed to sit in your bedroom at midnight, at 2am, whenever you are minded to do your transaction work – use your credit card online, use your debit card online, use your other forms of payment online – and avoid having to go to the court to line up to hand over cash transactions.”

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